President Andrzej Duda sworn in for second term
- President Andrzej Duda took the oath of office before the National Assembly on Thursday morning and started his second term.
"All power in civil society [should be] derived from the will of the nation - our great predecessors wrote down these extremely important words in the May 3rd Constitution. They have proved to be very actual over the recent days, weeks, and today. Power comes from the will of the nation, and the nation has expressed its will in the election. The Polish people have the right to decide who is to be their president, their head of state, and they have made their decision," Andrzej Duda stated in his address.
See also: Address by the President before the National Assembly The President underlined that "today, democracy in Poland is stronger than ever." "Citizens know that Poland's most important affairs and its future depend on their votes. This is a great thing and a huge success of all of us," the president said. Andrzej Duda admitted that the recent presidential election was difficult due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the postponement of its date.
"But the most important thing is that we managed to hold the election in a democratic, just and very efficient way, and that the Polish people could use their right to vote," he stated.
- Upon becoming re-elected as president, Andrzej Duda officially assumed the leadership of the orders of the White Eagle and of Polonia Restituta in a ceremony held at the Royal Castle in Warsaw on Thursday.
The event was attended by top state officials, including Speakers of the Sejm (lower house) and Senate (upper house) Elzbieta Witek and Tomasz Grodzki, respectively, as well as by representatives of the government.
Due to the act on orders and decorations, upon becoming elected the President of Poland, the office-holder is automatically awarded the Order of the White Eagle and becomes the Grand Master of the Order Chapter, and chairs the Chapter of the Order. He also becomes a 1st class Recipient of the Order of Polonia Restituta and chairs the Chapter as the Grand Master of the Order. Five years ago, Duda's investiture ceremony was combined with his decoration with both orders.He also noted that both of these orders are "symbols of a free Poland, these orders are symbols of a strong Poland." "The Order of the White Eagle has the specificity that when Poland was not free, it was not awarded. It returned with the reborn Polish state and independence," Andrzej Duda said.
- President receives supreme command of armed forces
A ceremony was held on Thursday afternoon at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Warsaw's Pilsudskiego Square to bestow upon President Andrzej Duda the supreme command of Poland's armed forces.The symbolic ceremony - Andrzej Duda is supreme commander of the armed forces from the moment he is sworn in - is conducted in the presence of the military, which provides an honorary company, the pennant of the President of the Republic of Poland and a military orchestra. All branches of the armed forces were represented on Pilsudskiego Square along with the Military Police.
President Duda was reelected for a five-year term of office on July 12 with 51.03 percent of the vote. Rafal Trzaskowski, his contender and a Civic Coalition (KO) candidate, received 48.97 percent.(PAP)